The Kentucky Department of Transportation is allowing individual high schools to use the state owned driving simulators in their driver’s education classes. Teacher Danny Clark said approximately 70 students were allowed to test drive the simulator Monday morning while the instructors stood beside them giving instructions.
The student was instructed to increase the speed of the simulator up to 40 miles per hour and once the student was comfortably driving, they were told to do various tasks such as change the radio or open a water bottle and take a drink. The students were challenged to answer fake calls and send texts messages that they literally had to type-out and allow the instructor to read as to make the experience as real as possible.
Most students found their “car” stopped in the middle of the roadway at various times and swerving to miss oncoming traffic or ditches on the three screen simulator.
Clark said the $14,000 simulator would be ideal to have permanently at the high school for every student to experience. He said possibly this spring the state owned Impaired Driving Simulator would be made available to the high school so the students would see firsthand how dangerous impaired driving can be.